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Darin Utley Claims Gold in WSOP Circuit Choctaw $400 Multi-Flight Event

Darin Utley took down Event #3 on the schedule of the onging WSOP Circuit Choctaw for first gold ring and just over $50,000

Darin Utley, a former boxer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, came to Choctaw Casino in Durant to play cash games but ended up claiming his first WSOP Circuit title. The player, who quit his daily job about a year ago and now plays poker for a living, took down Saturday night the $400 No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Flight for a gold ring and $50,557 in prize money.

The tournament drew 766 entries through two starting flights. That generated a prize pool of $252,780. The money was distributed in payouts for the top 81 finishers, with min-cashes being worth $419.

Utley entered the $400 buy-in through Flight A. The player had an excellent start and quickly gained momentum. He had emerged as the chip leader with 264,500 by the end of that first starting flight. He was surpassed by a couple of players who joined the field through Flight B, but the eventual champion still had a comfortable stack into Day 2 of the tournament.

Despite his good run on Day 1, Utley’s ride on Day 2 was not as easy and effortless as he might have hoped. The player quickly began losing chips until he found himself to be among the short stacks. He managed to navigate his way to the unofficial final table, but he was still short-stacked when that concluding stage of the event began.

Final Table Highlights

Once there were just ten players left at the tables of the host casino, they were moved to a single table to contimue their hunt for the title. Eric Bunch, a player with nearly $200,000 in WSOP earnings, led the ten finalists into the closing stage of the tournament with 2.275 million. Trailing not far behind was Lance Hendricks with 2.22 million.

As for Utley, he was second to last in the temporary leaderboard at the time with a chip stack of 345,000. Commenting on how things went for him on Day 2, the player said that “it felt good coming into Day 2” because he had some chips, but things just did not go his way, or at least not initially.

Over the course of the final table, Utley managed to jab his way back into the race and captured the momentum he gained to eventually take down the tournament. A winning hand of [8d][5d] against Hendricks secured him with his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and his first payout from the series. Hendrick himself scooped his first-ever WSOP Circuit cash. The player collected $31,168 for his deep run into the Multi-Flight event.

Utley revealed that he began playing poker for a living about a year ago. He usually plays cash games and Big O is his preferred poker format. As it can be seen, the player certainy has some Hold’em skills, as well.

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Pennsylvania’s Fourth Sportsbook Opens Doors at Parx Casino on Jan. 8

Parx Casino to go live with in-person sports betting on January 8, mobile betting coming this spring

Sports betting is arriving to another location after three Pennsylvania casinos launched physical sportsbooks late last year. News emerged this past Friday that Parx Casino in Bensalem will soft-launch its sports betting facility on Tuesday, January 8.

The property will undergo a 48-hour testing period, starting Tuesday at 2 pm local time, as required under state gambling regulations. Pending approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Parx will officially begin taking sports bets at 1 pm local time on January 10.

The Bensalem-based casino is Pennsylvania’s fourth gambling venue to go live with sports betting. Legal wagering has become possible in the United States after the US Supreme Court struck down last spring a long-standing federal ban, a landmark ruling that made it possible for individual states to legalize the practice.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was Pennsylvania’s first casino to launch in-person sports betting in mid-November, making the state the seventh US jurisdiction to go live with the activity in the post-SCOTUS ruling era. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia were the other two properties to open sportsbooks at their premises. That happened in mid-December.

According to information from the state Gaming Control Board, Hollywood Casino’s sportsbook generated revenue of $500,000 on betting handle of $1.4 million in the period between November 14-30. The gambling regulator is yet to publish its December report that will contain information about the facility’s first full month of operation as well as about the other sports betting venues to have opened doors. In addition, the December financial report will provide better insight into the potential of Pennsylvania’s sports betting market.

Temporary Sportsbook

Parx Casino will operate its sportsbook at a temporary location while the main facility is under construction. The temporary sports betting venue occupies the casino’s former 360 Bar and Lounge. It features 20 HD television screens, seven live-teller windows, and a full-service bar. Bettors will also be able to wager on NFL, NBA, and NHL games – as well as on other professional and collegiate sports – at 45 self-service kiosks located throughout the casino floor.

Parx Casino is planning to roll out the Betslip Builder mobile betting app soon. The casino needs approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in order to be able to go live with digital betting.

While mobile wagering was approved by Pennsylvania legislators in the fall of 2017 as part of an omni-bus gambling expansion bill, the state’s gambling regulator has said that it would take it easy when it came to waivering mobile betting and would first review and process in-person betting applications. Anyways, digital betting is expected to go live in Pennsylvania this spring.

Parx has also revealed plans to go live with sports betting at its South Philadelphia Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club properties.

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